I would like to make a statement.
Two of them, in fact.
#1. Not changing, because of fear, is bad.
#2. Changing, because of fear, is equally as bad.
Or, if you’d like to reduce them down even further: Fear is bad.
I’m somewhat of an anxiety sponge, and I’ll own that.
I can take other people’s fears and allow them to amplify my own.
Because of that, I wish Facebook had a “low anxiety” setting that I could employ, because lately I’ve been hearing a whole lot of fear about The Church:
“Open letters” to the dying Church.
How-to articles to lessen the hemorrhaging of local congregations.
There are some constructive pieces, to be sure, but so much fear!
Fear about statistics.
Fear about schism. Fear about the future.
I wonder sometimes — do folks know how contagious this stuff is?
People can read this stuff, and despair. (And then for some unexplained reason, click “share”.)
I’d like to join a DO NOT FREAK ME OUT registry.
I’d even take a test to be allowed to sign up:
__ Yes, I know about the general decline of Christianity in the United States.
__ Yes, I know that our churches have to work extra hard to be vital.
__ Yes, I know that our denomination is perilously at odds with itself on the issue of Homosexuality.
There, I’ve checked off all three. I care very much, and am committed to doing my faithful share.
(Can I get back to Buzzfeed quizzes and pictures of funny cats?)
The truth is, any system that is in a high level of stress will not be fully functional.
So instead retraumatizing ourselves with the considerable challenges we face, let’s take a few deep breaths, praise God who reigns forever, and continue the joyful work of being, and making, Disciples.
Have a great week,